12 Golden Ducks (12 金鸭) Movie Review

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12 Golden Ducks (12 金鸭) Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com

Recommended Audience: Fans of Sandra Ng 吳君如, Louis Koo 古天樂, Anthony Wong 黃秋生, Simon Yam 任達華, Nicholas Tse 謝霆鋒, Joey Yung 容祖兒, Chrissie Chau 周秀娜, Zhao Wei 趙 薇, Michelle Chen Yan Xi 陳妍希, Fiona Sit 薛凱琪, Eason Chan 陳奕迅, Ivana Wong 王菀之, Luhan 鹿 晗, Wilfred Lau 劉浩龍, Babyjohn Choi 蔡瀚億, Dada Chan 陳 靜, Pakho Chau 周柏豪, Kelvin Kwan 關楚耀, Philip Keung 姜皓文, Carman Lee 李若彤, Joyce Cheng 鄭欣宜, Isabella Leong 梁洛施, Michelle Loo 盧覓雪, Wyman Wong 黃偉文, Louis Yuen 阮兆祥, Michelle Wai 詩 雅, Lo Hoi-pang 盧海鵬, Benz Hui 許紹雄 and Hong Kong movie fans


12 Golden Ducks (12 金鸭) Movie Synopsis

120514_729Future (Chow Sum) knows the art of wooing and pleasing the ladies since young. He lives off his female companions and leads a lavish lifestyle. Things are good until he is cheated by an ex-love. Soon, Sum ends up with a huge debt and flees to Thailand. Desperate and without any support in Thailand, he ends up working as an escort in a bar. Unwilling to live his life in the limbo in a foreign land, Sum summons his courage and looks set to work his mojo upon returning to Hong Kong!

12 Golden Ducks (12 金鸭) Viewer Rating: 4/5 ****

12 Golden Ducks (12 金鸭) Movie Review:

010515_035A disclaimer before I go into my review, I rated this film based on my past if you like surprises, try not to watch the trailer before watching this film and I believe you will enjoy it as much as I do.

113014_374One noteworthy point about this film was Sandra Ng’s role as a gigolo. Her male features and makeup was so well-done that Priscilla, my movie partner thought that Future (the character) was Sandra Ng’s brother! There were actually various scenes and angles which I thought she (he) was pretty good looking! Don’t you find the photo above resemble Show Luo Zhi Xiang?

nicholas tseI really want to list out the little surprises I enjoyed watching, but this will spoil the whole film and I will rather you discover them yourself when you catch the film. I’m quite cynical by nature and am not easily pleased when in comes to comedy. Yes, it’s not easy to make me laugh. But 12 Golden Ducks had made me laughed (and sometimes cringe) at god-knows how many moments in the film. What I love about the various characters in 12 Golden Ducks was how the actors delivered and took up roles that you will never think that they will take up.

010215_424During the press conference before the filming of 12 Golden Ducks, , Sandra was intending to invite Lee Min Ho , Kim Soo Hyun and Rain ( Jung Ji Hoon ) to act in the film. They were not in the film, but the cameo appearance of Lu Han, the ex-South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO and EXO-M member, will definitely drive some Kpop fans crazy. Yes, he was pretty charming inside… and a little spoiler here, given that he appeared near the end of the film, who knows, there might be a chance of him reprising that role if there’s ever a 12 Golden Ducks 2!

12 golden ducksIf there’s anything I don’t like about the film, will be the Mandarin dubbing. Besides Cantonese, there’s also Thai language which some of the actors spoke fluently (impressive!), and with the inclusion of Mandarin dubbing, although it helped audience in the understanding of the movie, certain plot and emotions seem off. Also there were certain jokes which were meant for people who understand Cantonese.

010315_285This movie has so many familiar (and well known) faces in the film that you might end up with this question at the end of the film, so who are 12 ducks (gigolos) again? But all in all, I love the infectious happiness and positivity (not to forget the perverted jokes) that I want to watch it again and again every Chinese New Year!

Do You Know?

010315_266Louis Koo is the co-producer of the film.

fiona sit philip keungPhilip Keung plays the role of a gigolo and one of his client is Fiona Sit. In order to fit that role, Philip undergo a “hellish weight loss method” and lost 30 pounds. In the film, Fiona has to abuse Philip verbally and physically, before feeling him up and down. The scene was so realistic that the director did not stop the filming even after five minutes. She request for cut as “It’s like I am raping him!”

sandra ng 12 golden ducksThe 12 Golden Ducks was initially meant to be about a woman who meets a dozen gigolos, but Sandra Ng was soon persuaded to play one herself. The makeup to make her a man (angular face with facial hair) took 2 hours daily and the special effects makeup for the body took 6 hours to apply and did not last long. That cost her over HK$200,000 each time and the makeup could only be used once.

carmen lee louis kooCarmen Lee’s character as a Louis Koo’s gym student was to pay homage to their 1995 drama “The Return of the Condor Heroes”. This was their first collaboration after so many years and there were various scenes imitating the Return of the Condor Heroes, including the scene in which Yang Guo and Little Dragon Girl practiced the Jade Maiden Heart Sutra.

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12 Golden Ducks (12 金鸭) is out in cinemas on 19 February 2015.

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On February 18, 2015

21 Responses to 12 Golden Ducks (12 金鸭) Movie Review

  1. […] the Central Business District area. If you are familiar with Sandra Ng’s works, such as 12 Golden Ducks, you will know what to expect. This time, the actress-turn-director hired not just her long time […]

  2. lee ros says:

    definitely a comedy film. interesting movie.

  3. louisechelle says:

    I agree when you said that in movies, there are some jokes better off in another language because I’ve seen movies from our country that were funny but when shown in other countries and had translations, it ruined the momentum.

    Anyway, I was particularly interested with Sandra Ng. I honestly don’t know her but I checked Google her photos before and her photos in this movie, she really had a good transformation!

    This movie looks exciting. But as your other movie reviews, I do not think this will be shown in our country. 🙁

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  5. Karen of MrsLookingGood says:

    Interesting plot! I’m sure a lot of female fans will watch this just based on their idols alone. I used to have a major crush on Loois Koo! (that comment truly shows my age LOL)

  6. Nicol Wong (@yuk_lui) says:

    i would definitely watch this just because luhan is in it! dreamy haha

  7. papaleng says:

    The film’s title is so catchy, good for a comedy film. Nice if I can watch this film.

  8. Vanessa says:

    If the movie made you laugh so many times while watching it, then it must be real fun so you arouse my curiosity. I think the cast is very well selected, all the actors have some kind of charisma and manage to perfectly interpret their roles. And I did watch the trailer!

  9. Mazino oyolo kigho says:

    undergoing a “hellish weight loss method” to lost 30 pounds just to fit in a role was be an enormous task. Movie stars makes lot of scarifice.

  10. sikat101 says:

    This looks fun. I just wonder: When they show Chinese movies in SG, do they have English subtitles? I have to google who Sandra Ng is. Cool transformation. -katrina centeno

  11. What Fatemah Say's says:

    hey do these movies come with english subtitles? I really wish to watch these movies.

  12. rochkirstin says:

    OK I won’t watch the trailer. But I can’t wait to watch this movie! 🙂 It’s great that the actors are multilingual. That’s very impressive. Cantonese jokes must be hard to understand for those who are not locals.

  13. Prasad Np aka desi Traveler says:

    We get a lot of HK movies here in India on TV dubbed in English, I hope to see this one sometime soon as it looks a good entertainment. I find them very similar to our Bollywood cinema in some aspects

  14. Fari Wu says:

    They really did a good job to make Sandra Ng look like a male!

  15. 3xhcch says:

    I am not sure I will like this film based on the pictures. But your rating was so high, you must love the actors. Hehe. – Fred

  16. Lauren says:

    This movie looks like it will be really funny from the trailer. I haven’t been to China, but I was able to spot the Korean boy band members right away! If the movie comes out around here I’ll be sure to check it out. We’re always looking for more movies to see.

  17. Sunshine Kelly says:

    OMG! I can’t believe that is Sandra Ng, she look quite handsome in that movie. I surprise transformation for 2015.

  18. Mia Foo says:

    hmm, never a fan of HK movies (unless it’s action movies or Jackie Chan movies) and I even have to say I dislike this kind of celebrities-rojak HK cny movie. watched a couple and by the end of it my eyes were always so sore from the constant rolling….
    i’m a huge Nic Tse fan, but… nah, not watching this.

  19. Raymond Vasquez says:

    Is this a rated 18 movie? Or is this a comedy r-13 movie. Seems like a good movie. Just wonder what really happened, was this shoot in Thailand really? Or just the setting is Thailand?

  20. Sumi Go | The Purple Doll says:

    I haven’t heard of this movie yet, but this seems like a really nice comedy to watch! 🙂 Will have to look for a copy of this soon. Anyway, great movie review as always! Can’t wait to find out about the little surprises in this film! 🙂

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